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Assault on Precint 13

Posted by james on Nov. 2, 2006

(post.rating: 6)
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Ugh. It was actually a semi-decent movie, good actors, but agh! Get that director out of there!

Icicle in the eye = blatant Die Hard 2 ripoff.
Every dies with one bullet in the head, closeup of the wound, 1 slow drip of blood.
The "everyone point guns at each other" ripoff (done it so many movies it's a standard) manages not to really make any sense in this one. The script writer was saying to himself, how can I fit all my favorite scenes in here? I need some... "glue" to make it a plot.

The exciting bits were pretty good, but this film really missed the mark. I can't help but feel it was someone's hand and influence that colored everything a little too dry and seen-before.

Movies are better despite some directors, and a general update on life.

Posted by james on Oct. 30, 2006


11 pictures.

I just saw <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0453556/">TMNT</a>, the first one. Hard to imagine all the way back in 1990 that was the coolest thing ever. Surprisingly, it's still a pretty amusing film. It was definitely better than most of the crap they unload on kids nowdays.

I was just reading some of the <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0246578/trivia">trivia</a> behind Donnie Darko, one of my favorite films of all time. It's so funny to think of the movie that might have been. It almost didn't show in theaters (which doesn't matter, since I saw it at the <a href="http://www.avoncinema.com/">Avon</a> way after it was done running in theaters... thanks Ben!). It almost had Jason Schwartzman instead of Jake "oh so popular now" Gyllenhaal, which I can kinda see but still wouldn't have preferred. Worst though is that for the incredible last scene where they pan over the characters, they meant to have U2's "MLK" and had to "settle" for Mad World. I don't even want to think of a world where U2 trumps that song. It just fits the scene.

Sometimes I think about how funny it is that all these random circumstances change what a film ends up being, and altering what the director intended. And sometimes you have to wonder if it really would have been better if the director had full control to just do exactly what their vision is.

Then you remember Star Wars, the newer ones. Now I'm convinced that the original trilogy was so likeable because the limitations (time, money, technology) made them compromise and come up with better stuff. Definitely didn't have the problem (or the result) with the newer ones. Blech.

Here's some updates from current life:

How to use signed javascript in Firefox 1.5

Posted by james on Oct. 27, 2006

Finally! I figured out how to sign scripts in Firefox!

Don't you hate it when you know what you need to do, but not how to do it, and everything you find on Google just sends you in circles? Everything I've found up till now gives me little bits and pieces of the puzzle, but nothing actually worked start to finish.

But now I can, thanks to my hard work and perserverance. Check it out...

<a href="http://rocketmonkeys.com/perm/how_to_use_signed_javascript_in_firefox.html">How to Use Signed Javascript in Firefox 1.5</a>

Agh, finally.


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